Rustic display ladder

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Project by Combo Prof posted 12-20-2017 08:28 PM 1063 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this rustic paper birch ladder for my wife to display her fiber art . She had been eyeing all the old wooden ladders at the antique stores I scout for hand tools to restore. I came up with this idea. This is my first green wood project, it was fun and I burnt some calories to make it. All went well except the tennons were a little too pithy I guess and very fibrous. I had been able to cut excellent tenons on dry doweling, so I was a bit surprised, by the outcome on the branches. Nevertheless I persevered and forced it all together using band clamps. Lesson learned, perhaps larger diameter tenons next time.

1. Finished Ladder.
2. The weapons.
3. The material.
4. Nicely pointed branch.
5. Ugly tennon.
6. Lots of compression band clamping.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#1 posted 12-21-2017 06:18 AM

Your spoke pointer looks like it works great, Don! Can’t help on the tenon maker as mine is on loan. Please post a picture with the ladder loaded! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 12-21-2017 11:32 AM

Thanks Candy. This project didn’t get much love, but I am sure it will please Carol (my wife). Except being green it is a little heavy. As far as the tenon cutter goes, I think I just made the tenons tho have too small a diameter and thus all pithy. I would have to experiment on more branches. The tenon cutter worked just fine on dry dowels.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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